It's An Affair of the Heart


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October 13, 2016

Vohn Cauthen wrote:

If you have an afternoon where you want to relax, learn and enjoy a wonderful Hostess and Teacher any of the Affair of the Heart teas is the place to be. Absolutely wonderful Hostess (or just at home for yourself) knowledge offered in a teaching mode that is truly enjoyable. Hints, tidbits and fun with hands-on sharing of how to do what. Open chats during the experience. Have been to 2 of her "Affairs". They were so nice to be a part of. I offer recommendations to anyone to attend when the opportunity presents itself. With a big Texas Thanks to Penny for her knowledge and ability to share with a gracious smile and friendly demeanor.

May 5, 2015

Cindy Price wrote:

It was a delight to be sitting at Penny's table at the Tea in Texas Tea Affair held May 3 at the historic Lasker Inn in Galveston. Penny created our table's centerpiece which had a 1960s theme in black and white highlighted with Tiffany blue. Black and white photos of 60s celebrities like the Beatles, the Kennedys, Alfred Hitchcock, etc. all having tea surrounded the centerpiece. Each table guest had her own Tiffany blue gift bag with Audrey Hepburn from Breakfast at Tiffany's adorning each bag. Inside the goodie bag were Audrey's signature look: long strand of "pearls" and the dark Wayfarer sunglasses. Penny had all the guests put on their pearls and sunglasses and pose for a photo. What fun! What creativity!

August 21, 2013

barbara tremble wrote:

Penny was delightful speaker at our annual tea at SBPC this past Sunday afternoon. She spoke on etiquette and attitude in our changing world. Sharing scripture along with grace and humor made her message a wonderful experience for all.

November 26, 2012

Jeanne Naiser wrote:

The tea at the close of the Greater Houston Society for Medical Services Specialists was a great day to wind down a full day of in-service! We learned a lot and enjoyed some good tea and scones. I now am beginning to wind down my days with a soothing cup of tea. Good job, Penny!

July 16, 2012

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May 20, 2010

Marilyn Schwartzbeck wrote:

Penny, Your Mothers Day presentation for our pregnant teens at the Pregnancy Resource Center was such a lovely gift of time and talent and resources!!! Thank you so much for teaching the class how to create a lovely and comfortable home--even on a limited budget. Your ideas were inspiring and I know the girls were introduced to new concepts that will be useful as they build their new families. Thank you for your time and talents and ministry! We were blessed and God was honored! Marilyn- Director of Points to Success Program Community Pregnancy Center of Pasadena

March 15, 2010

Michelle Flippin wrote:

What a unique and beautiful way to glorify the Lord and minister to the hearts of His beloved! Psalm 37:4 is one of my favorite scriptures. I truly believe that the Lord wants us to feel welcome and bless us with our hearts' desires no matter how great or small they may be. "It's an Affair of the Heart" shows that He cares and wants to provide everything from a beautiful, joyous celebration (teas) and comfort (teddy bears) to wise instruction (seminars). Thank you for sharing your unique gift with others. May God richly bless the work of your hands! In Christ, Michelle

December 22, 2009

Susan Smith wrote:

thanx for sharing your ideas and life with us. cool site.

September 11, 2009

Chidell wrote:

Greetings Penny!! It was an awesome pleasure meeting you in Orlando! I love your table scapes and I hope things continue to go well for you!! You are such a blessing and a sweet person. Keep up the good work!

June 24, 2009

Gloria Franklin wrote:

Hello Penny, It's so wonderful seeing that you are still doing God's work. It was such a delight to meet you. Keep up the good work.

May 29, 2009

Paula Spencer wrote:

Precious Penny, I cannot say enough wonderful things about the Hospitali-Tea Retreat in April! I am so thankful that I didn't allow the many obstacles thrown in my way to deter me from coming. I was blessed in so many ways that weekend by your mininstry and your sweet staff. It is obvious that you all have the "heart of a servant" and the Lord used each of you to minister His love in so many ways throughout the weekend. I loved your attention to detail and the many preparations you arranged to make us feel welcome. Of course, the accomodations at Round Top are "over the top" and it was a double blessing to be able to spend some time getting to know Euphanel. Penny, your passion for all things "lovely" is both inspirational and refreshing. I am not easily impressed, but the combination of your joy, the easy and uplifiting conversations, the many new friendships formed and the lovely tea on Saturday made for a delightful and encouraging weekend. I certainly hope this might be an annual event! Praying God's richest blessings on you and your ministry. Paula Spencer

May 2, 2009

Ladies from Sugarcreek Baptist Church wrote:

Dear Penny, We are all on our antiquing trip and still talking about our weekend retreat. We felt like we were treated like queens- everything was so perfect. We all agree it was the most relaxing week we ever had. Tonight we made your delicious olive dip. Tomorrow we are having the breakfast quiche. Next Friday we are having a tea party and are making the cucumber sandwiches and the Devonshire cream. We bought two car loads worth of treasures this weekend. We appreciated how you incorporated God's Word into our beautiful weekend. Please keep us informed of any ladies events where we can see our new friends again. We must close our tea is gettig cold. Thanks again, Linda, Susan, Wilda, Annette, Barb, Lorraine, Patsy

April 24, 2009


Penny, I just wanted to tell you again how much I enjoyed the Womens Retreat on "Gracious Living" and "Hospitalitea". My friends and I had a wonderful time. We all enjoyed being together and meeting new friends. Your staff was excellent. The food was delicious. They made us feel so special. You were such a gracious hostess. You informed me more on giving teas and being a gracious hostess. I am anxious to start practicing giving my teas. I usually don't give teas very often but I am motivated to do them more now. We had fun staying up late, getting my hands waxed and massaged. I especially enjoyed getting to know you. Thanks again for a wonderful weekend. May God Bless you for your faithfulness to him.

April 21, 2009

Renee Heathcott wrote:

Your Women's Retreat on "gracious living" and "hospitali-tea" lived up to its name! I enjoyed every minute. Your delightful spontaneous personality made your speaking not only informative but entertaining. Then our yummy delicious teas put that etiquette in to action. I'm now not only equipped but inspired to do the same day-by-day at home!

February 26, 2009

Pat Williams wrote:

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May 12, 2008

H.R. Williams wrote:

RE: Pre-Mother's Day Tea held May 10, 2008 Dear Mrs. Ward: The Shelter was blessed to have some of our families take advantage of the Tea you and Julie served on Saturday. My ladies said you and Julie were servants with a heart for God's people. The ladies felt they were treated like the Queens God intended them to be. They were exhorting the goodness of God because of the genuine love they received from both of you. Please relay my thanks to Julie -- no matter what large or small part either of you played in preparing, lugging everything up to our facility or serving them; our ladies will never forget you! Thank you seems insufficient to express the intrinsic satisfaction of just knowing someone like yourself cared enough to reach out and bless these families. Thank you for looking past their current state to see them in their finished state -- the way God sees all of us. I appreciate anyone who hears from God, and provides the vision to bless women residing in area shelters. It is an evident walk of faith that allows you to extend the hand of the Lord to these families in such a marvelous way. This ministry is encouraged by ministries such as yours. You meet hurting people at their point of need, with God's healing Word and his compassionate touch. May God richly bless you both. Yours in a common purpose, H.R. Williams

April 28, 2008

Alda Ellis wrote:

Dearest Penny, Your Denim and Pearls Welcome Tea was such a heartwarming welcome. All the little details...nothing left undone. "Do not neglect your gift" (I Timothy 4:14) we are instructed! ... and you are so blessed with the gift of hospitality that you so graciously share. Your style of entertaining, not only touched all the five senses, but our hearts as well.

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September 28, 2007

Mary Williams wrote:

Thank you Penny and Julie for making our Women;s Tea a great success! The food was wonderful and you all were a joy to work with. We had tea for 88 people and it is always a job but with your help it was so much nicer. We look forward to our women's retreat where you will be doing our food. Thank you for sharing your gifts and talents!! Mary Williams Leader, Just For Today Women's Group Memorial Drive Christian Church Houston, Texas

April 24, 2007

Marcella Richardson wrote:

Penny, you are such a gracious hostess! I was lucky enough to win the Tea Party Basket that you generously donated to the Onion Blossoms Luncheon benefitting the Stehlin Foundation for Cancer Research. This weekend, I was able to share my tea party with my friends. You did such a wonderful job--your presentation was fabulous as always! And the food was delicious! We enjoyed tasting the different varieties of teas that you prepared for us, as well as learning some new things about tea! I would recommend a tea party to any busy woman that would like to spend a few peaceful hours with her friends. It was nice to escape our busy lives to a simpler, more graceful time! I have been to several of your events and you never fail to impress me with your gift of hospitality! Your attention to detail is what makes any event that you are involved in extra special. Entertaining is truly your gift that you are so willing to share with others. Thank you again for not only a lovely afternoon but also for your donation that benefitted the Stehlin Foundation. Having been treated for breast cancer two years ago, your donation and willingness to give to others is very much appreciated! God bless you for all you do for others.

February 1, 2007

Leilani Bayer wrote:

The food was fabulous! Anytime a meal is cooked and served to me, it tastes that much better! I appreciated the variety and homecooked quality of each meal. You had health issues, eye appeal, and tastiness of the food expertly balanced! Thank you for your commitment to God to exercise your gift of hospitality to all of us Stonebridge women!

January 30, 2007

Wanda Dupree wrote:

Thank you, thank you for your help at our Round Top Ladies Retreat! I so appreciated your offer and willingness to prepare some special items for me, that I could eat, that were different from the rest of the planned meals. Your thoughtfulness and understanding are much appreciated! I think everyone greatly enjoyed the meals. thanks again!

November 21, 2006

Pam Palmour wrote:

Penny, Thanks again for bringing your amazing gifts and all your special touches to our GroupLink event. I know the guests all felt at home, which is exactly what I hoped and prayed for. The atmosphere was welcoming and the food was fantastic. The serving tables were exactly what we wanted and fit our theme perfectly. The event was a huge success, and it couldn't have been nearly as good without all that you added! Pam

November 1, 2006

Loujuanna Lyons wrote:

Penny, When you agreed to handle the foodfor our daughter's wedding, I knew I had nothing to worry about. You are so easy to work with. All of your suggestions were wonderful. The food was delicious, and combinations were perfect. Your gentle and caring spirit shows through in your unique presentation and care with details. Thank you for making a special event into a memorable affair. Loujuanna Lyons

July 28, 2004

Tonya Allen wrote:

Penny, Thank you so much for the wonderful meals you provided for Fairfield Baptist's Couples' Retreat. The food was great. We also appreciate your constant smile and sweet spirit. Our church has used you for several events and look forward to many more.

March 13, 2004

Marisa Mir wrote:

Penny, On behalf of the Harris County Hospital District's Community Outreach & Volunteer Services department, I cannot thank you and your group enough for the adorable stuffed Teddy Bears that your group donated to our Ben Taub Hospital. Our elderly and newborn patients truly appreciated these lovely gifts. Your donation made their stay in our hospital a "beary" pleasant experience. Thanks, again! Marisa R. Mir, Volunteer Coordinator Harris County Hospital District

March 9, 2004

Lynda Zelenka wrote:

Once again, Penny provided an amazing lunch for our "Empowered with Praise and Prayer" Workshop. Not only is the food wonderful but the way in which she presents and serves it makes you and your group feel SPECIAL. Thanks again, Penny!

September 8, 2003

Steve Ray wrote:

Penny, thanks for all you did to make our Sunday School class Fellowship Dinner a success. The chicken fajitas and beef tacos were great, the salsa was mouth-watering and the Key Lime Trifle was divine! The table decorations (bandanas and oil lamps) helped set the casual atmosphere that we were looking for. We look forward to another evening with you and Terry!

August 28, 2003

Pam Palmour wrote:

Penny, Wanted to let you know that I have been so impressed with the events I have seen you do. The tea at Baptist Temple amazed me because you used everything you did to create an atmosphere of welcome and hospitality. The presentation was beautiful. Each dish was chosen and placed to add to the overall atmosphere. Each food item was prepared and displayed beautifully. The response of the women there made it obvious to me that I was not the only one ministered to by your gifts. The Foundry brunch also blessed me. The sunflower theme was bright and cheery and invited conversation and friendship. The table decorations, with the sunflower cutouts, brought the whole room together. The serving area overflowed with added touches - raffia ties, baskets placed at angles, warm fresh bread, etc. The room was challenging at best to decorate, but you were up to the challenge as usual! Thanks again for using the gifts God has given you to bless the body of Christ. Pam

August 25, 2003

Jennie Shirley wrote:

I can not thank Penny enough for the incredible work she did for a baby shower. Her precious "Princess and the Pea" teddy bear made a perfect center piece surrounded by a delectable array of edibles. The menu consisted of tomato basil quiche, russian tea cookies, tuna salad on crescents, fruit, and a melt in your mouth cranberry tart. I could not have done the shower without Penny's wonderful expertise! I would highly reccomend Penny to anyone who is throwing any type of party for any occasion! She is an absolute God send with an amazing talent! Thank you Penny!

August 23, 2003

Holly wrote:

Our women's ministry was privileged to have Penny cater our Christmas luncheon. Using her nostalgic bears, she created heart-warming centerpieces that uniquely captured the Christmas season. The food was absolutely delightful, especially the desserts which were elegantly arranged in tiers on a round table using a "White Christmas" theme. At the end of the luncheon, each woman was given a delicate snowflake cookie lightly covered with sugar and wrapped in a cellophane bag tied with a gold ribboon. Penny's unique ability to combine delicacies and decorations will make any event an indelible memory!

March 21, 2003

Sarah and Aaron Morris wrote:

Penny, We want you to know that you truly made our wedding day incredible because of your presence. Our appreciation of you goes beyond just the great food and atmosphere that you provided for our special day...your patience, love, organization, encouragement and passion throughout the whole process made everything go smoothly and peacefully. God has truly blessed you with this gift, and you in turn have blessed us in a way that we will never forget! May God continue to bless and move withing your ministry.

March 13, 2003

Karen Parker wrote: do I even begin to thank you for making my daughters wedding so special. You provided elegance, love, professionalism, warmth and friendship to a once in a lifetime event. I can't tell you how much your time and dedication meant to me and my family. Paying you doesn't even begin to satisfy my hearts thanks. I am here for you if you ever need a helping hand at one of your events. You are a joy and your ministry feels like a warm hug. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Love you, karen

January 14, 2003

Erika wrote:

I work for a local homeless shelter. At Christmas-time our development department was asked, "Could you use any teddy bears?" Well, the answer was, "Yes." We had recently begun handing out stuffed animals to new children (and sometimes adults) when they arrived at the shelter. With so much going on in their lives--the stress of a new place to live--we believed the stuffed animals would give the children a sense of ownership and belonging. The bears that came from "Bears of Love" had a bible verse on each of them and they were all cute and cuddly! Bears of all sizes flooded my office and now go into the hands of desperate, fearful children who, by receiving a bear, know now, someone loves them. Some may think that a ministry of BEARS is see the looks on the faces of these children when they get a NEW bear to have all their own--it ia nothing short of Divinely Inspired. "Love truly BEARS all things"...even a short stay at a shelter. Thank you, Penny, for being open the serving the Lord in whatever manner He asks. To make this entry even longer...I must tell you of twin boys--ages--that came into the shelter a couple weeks ago. Mom had nothing but a few clothes and personal items. No toys, no games, not much for the children to play with. When a staff member asked the boys if they would like to have a bear...their eyes lit up. Each boy got his own bear--being twins we did not know if they wanted the SAME bear or different...but they got to choose. They stood in awe at the mound of bears before them and each chose his own bear to love "forever"--just as Jesus chose them--FOREVER!! Thank you, again, for your love of Christ that shows in all you do!!

January 3, 2003

Judy Baker wrote:

God has truly blessed you with an overflowing gift of Biblical hospitality. Every time you do an event, you make everyone in the room feel special and lavished with Father God's love. Your love and commitment to Christ Jesus is evident in everything you do. Keep us the good work, my friend.

December 25, 2002

Glyndell wrote:

Thank you for allowing the Lord to work through you to show His grace, love, humility,kindness, concern, gentleness and warmth. Thank you for blessing my family's lives with your gift of the wedding reception. Thank you for making incredible memories for us to have for a lifetime. May the Lord richly bless His ministry through you and enlarge your boundaries. Love, Glyndell

December 23, 2002

Linda Mitcham wrote:

I consider it a priviledge to take part in the events that you plan! I learn so much from you about the gift of hospitality that God has obviously given you! You are blessed in so many ways and I know that this will be one more blessing that you deserve! I love you and look forward to spending many more hours learning from you! Linda Mitcham

December 23, 2002

Sterle Coker wrote:

Penny, anything I say is going to be echoed a thousand times over. You are truly one of the most gifted and talented women I know. Your life is a great example of "to whom much is given, much is required". You have truly passed the test. Like everyone else, I always look forward to and enjoy every time we are together. I learn so much from you, not just about hospitality, but about Christ. You really have a heart to serve others. Thank you for all you do for you family, friends and most of all for Jesus Himself. I pray God will continue to bless you and your ministry. Sterle

December 23, 2002

bruce kuhrt wrote:

Penny, let me take the time to tell how much I appreciate the Bears that provide for the Apartment Ministry Children. For some children it places smiles on their face to know that someone loves them unconditionally and for others it brings tears to understand the love that went into making the gift possible. From the bottom of my heart thank you for everything you do. Bruce

December 22, 2002

Pam Gardner wrote:

Penny, Thank you for the exquisite events that you have planned which I have had the privilege of attending. The wedding shower that you gave for Ross was superb!! The women's retreats, Christmas dinners, salad luncheons and numerous teas with delightful themes have created special memories for all those lucky enough to attend. Your special gifts of both creativity and organization to every detail make each event truly a unique experience. I look forward to each party that you have planned. Best wishes and continued success in your business!! My prayer is that all the lives that you will touch while entertaining will treasure the result of your love and hard work at each event. You are a very special lady and I am so thrilled to have you as a friend! Love, Pam